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Donna Khalife

Donna Khalifé is a singer, double bass player, composer, arranger born in Lebanon. She starts her first piano lessons at an early age. In 2003, she moves to Paris to continue her music studies: piano, orchestration, harmony … Her conducting classes with Nicolas Brochot and her jazz and improvisation classes with Guillaume Roy contribute a lot in shaping her musical sensibilities. Under Roy's guidance, she perfects her jazz singing, composing, arranging and improvisation, as well as her piano and double bass playing . As part of her education, she receives a 1st prize in orchestration at the Conservatoire Regional de Paris, a diploma in harmony and counterpoint, and she graduates in Jazz from the Conservatoire d'Evry. Her eclecticism leads her to take part in different projects today, in Europe and Lebanon both as leader and side woman. She released her first album “ Heavy Dance” featuring her quintet, in March 2017 and her second “ Hope is the thing with feathers” in November 2019.

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Article: Radio

Bassisterhood - Part 2

Read "Bassisterhood - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


We continue our exploration of bands and projects lead by female bass players which have become exponentially more prominent in the past two decades. Here is the fascinating music by musicians that debunk commonly held stereotypes related to the physicality of music, and develop a personal way to synthesize their countless sources of inspiration.

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Article: Album Review

Donna Khalife: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Read "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Two-and-a-half years after her powerful debut, Heavy Dance (Self- Produced, 2017), Lebanese double bassist and singer Donna Khalifé returns with another sparkling statement. It is not an especially long time between releases, but there are significant differences between the two recordings. Heavy Dance, with guitar and saxophone to the fore, was a frequently stormy affair of ...

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Article: Interview

Donna Khalifé: On The Silent Wings Of Hope

Read "Donna Khalifé: On The Silent Wings Of Hope" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Ask any jazz musician in Beirut who stands out on the scene, who is doing something adventurous, something different, and the first name that comes to everyone's lips is Donna Khalifé. Classically trained in Beirut and Paris, double bassist/singer Khalifé turned her back on that world to dedicate herself completely to jazz and improvisation. ...

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Article: Album Review

Donna Khalifé: Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Read "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Lebanese vocalist and bassist Donna Khalifé is a consummate jazz artist. In addition to mastering singing in all its aspects, including scatting, she is a distinctive composer and an accomplished instrumentalist. On her second release Hope Is the Thing with Feathers she leads her quintet on intriguing interpretations of standards and her own originals.

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Hope is the Thing with Feathers

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: My Favorite Things; Vocalism; Koutalon Kharsa'; Hope Is the Thing with Feathers; Uti Var Hage (feat. Vindla String Quartet); Romane; Ta'iran; Sultan; Uti Var Hage.

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution

Read "Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson


When people's anger and frustration spill onto Beirut's streets, music is one of the first things to suffer. Every few years, it seems, roads are blocked, and crowds swell the downtown area--angry at Syrian intervention or political assassination, enraged by Israeli attack, sick to the teeth of inadequate garbage collection. There's always something to ...

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Heavy Dance

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Opening; Ri mineur; Mendoza; Belmonte; Hope?; International Unity; Heavy Dance; The first and last collage; Koestlich; Karakol.

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Article: Album Review

Donna Khalife Quintet: Heavy Dance

Read "Heavy Dance" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Lebanese bassist and vocalist Donna Khalife is an accomplished and prize winning musician. A child prodigy she received a premier education both in Lebanon and France and has forged lasting relations with musicians from both countries. Her quintet's debut release, Heavy Dance, is a testament to her multi-pronged talent as it showcases Khalife leading the band ...


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